Russia has finished demining the port in Mariupol and is ready to release foreign ships, the head of Russia’s National Defense Management Center, Mikhail Mizintsev, was quoted as saying in an update on the website of the Russian Defense Ministry.
The occupiers said that the "humanitarian corridor" was to start working from the morning of May 25.
“As a result of a set of actions taken, the Russian Navy has eliminated the mine danger in the port waters of Mariupol, and measures are being taken to restore the port infrastructure,” Mizintsev said.
“For the safe exit of foreign ships from the port of Mariupol, from 8 a.m. on May 25, 2022, a humanitarian corridor 115 miles long and 2 miles wide in the direction of the Black Sea is being organized.”
The strategic city of Mariupol was under siege by Russian invasion forces for almost three months. The Russian military’s attack has led to a large-scale humanitarian catastrophe. The occupiers bombed residential areas of the city and civilian infrastructure, and blocked humanitarian aid, killing at least 25,000 residents there.
Mayor of Mariupol Vadym Boychenko reported that due to problems with the water supply, the city faces an infectious disease disaster, potentially killing over 10,000 people by the end of the year.
Ukrainian Human Rights Ombudsperson Lyudmyla Denisova has said that the nearly 170,000 residents who remain in Mariupol are suffering from hunger.